Be Bad in Baltimore With K.A. Mitchell and Me
Earlier this week I realized how close it was getting until K.A. Mitchell’s Bad Influence releases, which meant I should re-read the first three books in the Bad in Baltimore series. It occurred to me it would be fun to buddy read it with people. Between the various social media platforms, it turned out a lot of people were interested, and then I had to figure out where the hell we were gonna do the chatting.
Well, it turns out somebody else was interested too. So now it’s gonna be A Thing.
Buddy read the Bad in Baltimore series on my forum, starting April 1. We’ll start the other books every few days, the last book a little bit after the release date of book four. Remember these are forums, so you can show up any time. If you read really fast or really slow or have a bat mitzvah that weekend, we’ll be there whenever you get there. If you just re-read them, or remember everything, come anyway. All we’re doing is chatting about the books and reporting our progress.
I’m going to give away a $25 gift certificate to Samhain so you can buy the whole series if you haven’t already, and if you have you can buy other stuff. Follow this link to enter the giveaway, get the rules and cut off date for entry. I’m collecting your email, but I won’t be using it for anything except to tell you that you’ve won.
K.A. Mitchell will be joining us. She’s doing a contest of her own, $10 to an e-retailer of your choice to buy book one (or whatever you want) (and this is just the first contest, she’s doing several) and you can follow this link to enter hers. She also will not use your email for anything except to pick a winner. We don’t have time to spam you, and anyway, we like you too much. In addition to coming to chat, she’s bringing her characters along, who will answer all your questions.
Stuff you need to know:
- The forum for the Bad In Baltimore series is public on my blog, but to comment you have to have an ID. If I don’t do that, we’ll be overrun with people trying to sell us weight loss products and Viagra. To get a user ID, all you have to do is email email@example.com and ask for one (tell us what ID you want). That account is run by my husband, and he’s happy to set you up. If you forget your ID, use the I Forgot feature and it will set you up automatically. If you get stuck, email Dan and the assist email, and he’ll still help you.
- Both KA’s contest and mine start NOW and run until Sunday night, March 30, 9PM CST. I’ll post here on my blog announcing the winners, plus you’ll get an email.
- Any and everybody is welcome to come hang with us. New readers, old hats, curious folk–come on over, the water’s fine.
- You can post ANYTHING on my forum, including dirty pics, but you’re responsible for any content you post, and you have to play well with others. Except K.A. says everybody can be as mean to Peter as they want. Though do remember the forum is PUBLIC. And there are always a lot of lurkers. As long as you’re fine with the whole world seeing what you post, you’re fine.
- THIS IS GOING TO BE TONS OF FUN. Come hang with us and have a great time! Tell your friends. The more the merrier!
- If you’re still confused, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll totally help you out.
If you don’t want to enter the contests and just want to buy the books, here are the links you need.
Book One: Bad Company
Some things are sweeter than revenge.
Bad in Baltimore Book 1
“I need a boyfriend.”
Hearing those words from the mouth of his very straight ex-friend is enough to make columnist and editor Nate Gray choke on his Corona. It’s been thirteen years since Kellan Brooks’s father crushed Nate’s family on his climb to wealth and power. Even longer since he entrusted Kellan with the confession that he might be gay—only to have his best friend out and humiliate him to their entire high school. The last thing Nate expects is Kellan begging for his help.
Breaking off his engagement to a senator’s daughter was the last straw for Kellan’s CEO father. Frustrated at being cut off, his father’s stinging words—that he wishes Kellan had never been born—still ringing in his ears, Kellan turns to Nate. In a move worthy of a corporate raider, Kellan plans the ultimate revenge. Come out as the boyfriend of the man his homophobic father betrayed.
Convincing Nate to play along isn’t easy. It’s even harder to figure out why the lie feels so close to the truth.
Warning: Contains old friends, old enemies, a dramatic cat rescue, soft drink references and a lot of teasing before the steamy sex. Readers are cautioned against drinking any beverage while reading to avoid accidental snorting or spraying of said beverages.
Book Two: Bad Boyfriend
Sometimes it’s good to be bad. Real good…
Bad in Baltimore, Book 2
After Eli Wright came out, his parents threw him out. In the five years since, he’s made his own way, lived by his own rules, determined to never change himself—not for anyone. He’s not against finding Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now will do just fine.
Quinn Maloney’s reward for ten years of faithfully keeping his closeted boyfriend’s secrets? A hell of a wake-up call to go with his morning coffee. Not only did Peter have affairs, he went straight to marry his pregnant girlfriend—and Quinn was to never reveal their history.
With the baby’s baptism looming and Quinn expected to put on a polite front, he decides he’s had enough of playing the peacekeeper. One wink from a much younger, eyeliner-wearing guy in a bar, and Quinn’s found a perfectly outrageous date for the occasion.
The date goes better than he ever imagined. And so much worse, as Eli convinces everyone they’re madly in love. That wasn’t part of the plan, but the more Quinn learns about the man behind the makeup, the more he wishes it was true.
Warning: Contains an absolute bastard of an ex-boyfriend. Not responsible for sudden uncontrollable urges to punch him in the teeth. Also not responsible for any overheating or sudden urges brought about by explicit sex with a little BDSM thrown in.
Book Three: Bad Attitude
When did save a life become change a life?
Bad in Baltimore, Book 3
As the openly gay middle son of the most powerful family between Manhattan and Miami, Gavin Montgomery knows his role—look good in a tuxedo and don’t make waves.
Waves are the least of his worries when he tries and fails to keep a friend from jumping off a high bridge. His last thought as he falls in too is that someone else will have to take over as family disappointment…until he’s pulled from the water by a man with an iron grip, a sexy mouth and a chip on his shoulder the size of the national deficit.
Police rescue diver Jamie Donnigan finally has life the way he wants it. Okay, he could have done without losing his father, quitting smoking and watching his friends drift into couplehood. At least he’s managed to escape that particular trap.
When Gavin’s father turns Jamie’s routine rescue into a media circus, he figures if he’s going to suffer for his good deed, he might as well enjoy a roll in the sack. But Jamie’s not immune to Gavin’s cultivated charm…and all the risks that come along with giving in to it.
Warning: Includes above the recommended daily allowance for snark, attitude, stubbornness and a variety of scorching hot sex (even for this author).
Book Four: Bad Influence
To remake their future, they’ll have to use pieces of their broken past.
Bad in Baltimore, Book 4
The young man the world knew as Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need, as by his ultra-conservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.
In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years learning to become untouchable…unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege. He shies away from anything that might hold him down long enough for betrayal to find him again.
Zebediah Harris spent time overseas, trying to outrun the guilt of turning his back on the young man he loved. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail.
Trapped together in a cell, Silver sits on his mountain of secrets and plans a seductive form of revenge, but finds that using a heart as a stepping stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget.
Warnings: Contains a surly hero. May cause angst. A prolonged delay in sexual situations may cause frustration. Author recommends a steady dose of familiar friends and characters to alleviate those symptoms. No actual teenagers were used during the construction of the backstory.
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About K.A. Mitchell
K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.